What apartment owners must know about companion animals.

There are so many “myths and misinformation” regarding companion animals floating around out there, it is no wonder why so many apartment owners and managers get into deep trouble when trying to address this topic with a current or prospective resident. Companion animal rules apply to the resident as well as anyone associated with the […]

Low hanging fruit for disabled plaintiffs: breaking down the structure of an ADA lawsuit – Part 3

Back in May and June of 2015, I wrote a two-part series on ADA activist attorneys and their methods in bringing ADA-lawsuits against small, medium and large businesses. That was almost two years ago! Guess what? It hasn’t got any better, in Guess what? It hasn’t got any better; in fact, it has gotten worse. […]

ADA Education and Reform Act – Pros and Cons

All of us who work in the commercial retail arena have been dealing with ADA lawsuits for decades. I have personally seen multiple access reform bills come and go while watching the increase in frivolous access suits ravage this country. It is time to hit this problem head on. One bill was introduced in the […]

AB 2093 – California now requires landlords to disclose known ADA violations during lease negotiations.

The concerned call … Recently, I received a phone call from a friend of mine who is the COO for a mid-sized commercial property management company in Central California. He had just received a rather official-looking PDF that was marked “Certified by Legislative Counsel of California” and titled Assembly Bill No. 2093. The document, approved […]

How does the new 2016 CBC affect my CASp Report or drawings?

I absolutely love this time of year as the weather begins to cool and change is in the air! And speaking of changes, did you know that California is introducing the new 2016 California Building Code in January? The 2016 California Building Code becomes enforceable January 1, 2017. While local City and County building departments […]

The definition of “disability” is about to change at the Federal level

In my last article, I said the definition of “disability” in California is more broadly defined than the Federal ADA definition. The Federal definition states that it must “substantially limit” a major life activity whereas the California definition merely states that it need only to “limit” a major life activity. Well, there are new changes […]

Why does California allow Psychiatric Service Dogs into public places and not Emotional Support Animals?

This very issue has many California business owners and their employees “up in arms” as the rampant abuse continues to grow out of control. Not only is it extremely dangerous for an untrained animal to be brought into a place of business by its owner … it is illegal! The number one question I get […]